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HISTORY OF HEADSTONES
By Cara Links
Epitaphs on Monumental Brasses and church memorials engraved on brass were utilised during the middle ages as an alternative to the general tombstones, their heyday being from the 13th to the 18th century ( although it was not brass they used or bronze but an amalgam of copper, zinc, lead and tin)
And much of these works were imported from the Low Countries and Germany.
Brasses covered several categories, Knights and Ladies, Husbands, civilians, merchants and scholars, and some miscellaneous categories.
Today only five medieval brasses are to be found in Ireland with four being in St Patrick's Cathedral and one in the Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin-dated at around circa 1580, which shows the sons of Sir Arthur Grey -two children and one babe in swaddling clothes ( referred to as a Chrysom).
The four in St Patricks-
1528 - Dean Robert Sutton
1537- Dean Geoffry Fyche
1579- Sir Edward Fiton and his wife Anne and their nine sons.
1580-Lady and Infant
Several of Ireland's other churches have brasses but these are generally of the Victorian era and simply show the name and ages sometimes a description.
An Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead. Was a brainchild of Col. Philip Doyne Vigors ( 1825-1903)
Vigors and his helpers preserved on record many hundreds of epitaphs from headstones which have now vanished or are in a bad state or repair.
The Associations journal is a mine of information on tombs and epitaphs.
And they were recorded under the publication named
Irish Memorials of the Dead, Ed.P.D. Vigors &c, Vol 1 ( 1888)-X111(1)
A History Of Irish Headstones part 7 by Cara Links
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